ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's president says the Turkish security forces have killed or captured more than 5,300 Kurdish rebels since hostilities resumed in July.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Monday a total of 355 security force members have been killed in the conflict during that period — 215 soldiers, 133 police officers and seven government-paid village guards.
The conflict flared in the summer after a fragile peace process that began in 2012 broke down. Since then, government forces have launched large-scale offensives against Kurdish militants in several urban districts in the mainly-Kurdish southeast region while Turkish jets have carried out cross-border airstrikes on suspected PKK Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq.
The PKK, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy, is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and its allies.